A National Network

The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Well-being Northern Territory is part of an Australia wide network that started with the University of Sydney and was followed by the two centres managed by Flinders University, Adelaide and Alice Springs.

In 2014 the University of Western Australia and Melbourne University Poche Centres were opened and in 2015 the University of Queensland was opened. This year has also seen the start of the Poche Network with the May launch in Canberra.

 

Northern Territory Centre

The Poche Centre of Indigenous Health and Well-Being Northern Territory is led by Associate Professor Kerry Taylor as the Deputy Director.

The Poche Centre builds on the foundation provided by Flinders University’s 15+ year commitment to Aboriginal health in the Northern Territory.

We are working on these aims and objectives in partnership with the Alice Springs Hospital, health organisations and Aboriginal controlled health services and communities.

Objectives

  • Educate health professionals about cultural safety for working with Aboriginal people.
  • Lead in the creation of educational and clinical resources for the Aboriginal health sector.
  • Research issues important to Aboriginal people using methods that respect both Indigenous and non-Indigenous ways of being, knowing and doing.
  • Recruit, sponsor and mentor Aboriginal people wanting to work or study in the health sector.
  • Communicate our goals and activities locally, nationally and internationally at forums and directly within the health sector.

 

Greg Poche AO

Greg Poche, Kay Poche and Reg Richardson
Greg Poche, Kay Poche and Reg Richardson

Mr Poche has a history of philantropy, kickstarting the National Melanoma Intitute of Australia in 2005 and then since 2008 supporting the establishment and continuning activities of a national network of university based centres for Indigenous health and well being.

Through his actions Mr Poche shows us how one individual can make a difference. Mr Poche has been supported by his wife Kay and guided by his great friends
Sally and Reg Richardson AM.

In his own words “you’ve got to give something back, haven’t you? You really have to. It is a tragedy to live your life without doing something good for other people.”

 Mr Poche's Aims

  • To give Indigenous people decent health and reasonable life expectancy.
  • Reduce, if not eradicate, a range of preventable illnesses.
  • Play a key role in the delivery of practical health care to Indigenous communities.
  • Undertake research to inform the way Indigenous health care is delivered.
  • Influence and rejuvenate government policy towards the First Australians.
  • Establish a national network to achieve these aims